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Q:

Where do evil thoughts come from? Does Satan put them there? Sometimes I think he must, because they just seem to pop into my head without any effort on my part. In any case, how are we supposed to deal with them?


A:

At times, the devil apparently does put evil thoughts in our head, or even directly incites us to do evil. I think of Judas, for example, who made a secret arrangement to betray Jesus to His enemies. When Judas went to inform them where they could find Jesus, the Bible says that “Satan entered into him” (John 13:27).

But the ground was already prepared (so to speak) for Satan to work in Judas’ heart and mind. Although he was part of Jesus’ band of twelve disciples, Judas did not really believe that Jesus was the Savior sent from God to save us from our sins. In fact, the Bible says that Judas “was a thief; as keeper of the money bag (for the disciples), he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). The lesson is clear: The farther we are from God, the more vulnerable we will be to Satan’s attacks.

Don’t be like Judas, but make certain of your commitment to Jesus Christ. If you’ve never done so, turn to Him and by faith ask Him to come into your heart and life. Then ask Him to fill your mind with His truth and His Spirit every day. The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).

Not all evil thoughts come directly from Satan, however. Often they come from within – from our own sinful hearts. When they do, ask God to cleanse your mind and fill it with Christ.

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  1. Patricia says:

    The enemy sends thoughts into our minds 24-7 but its up to you to take control of them every time a thought comes speak the word of God over it, because a thought unspoken will die unborn. I myself get thoughts all the time an this is what I do the bible says draw nigh to God an he will draw to you resist the devil an he will flee like the coward he is

  2. Rachel says:

    I once was so immersed in the secular world. I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. But I’m thankful God brought me out of all that. I was living a very sinful life and now that I look back. I don’t even know who that person is. The devil has been attacking me a lot. with blasphemous evil thoughts, and thoughts of lust, and other foul things. The thing I hold on to is knowing what’s in my heart. None of those things are in my heart. So, I keep fighting the enemy with the word. Which is the best armor. Thank you for writing this article. It is greatly needed.

    1. Cynthia says:

      I also struggle with blasphemous thoughts. I hate it because that’s not what is in my heart. I heard it was a form of OCD, the bad, blasphemous thoughts, that is. It gets overwhelming at times. Stay strong! Keep the faith!

  3. James Russell says:

    You cannot control what comes into your mind, but you can control what you keep in your mind.

  4. Marlon says:

    Is it possible to hear in your mind words from the enemy but in your own voice?

  5. Antonio linzy says:

    What happen if I say negative things, will the devil make them true?

  6. Richard says:

    As I progressed from baby Christian the more sinful thoughts and actions came to mind 😯